Welcome to the Divisional portal of the website. Within this section you'll find the resources at the local level to help you complete your Award journey. Your Division is the Province or Territory in which you currently live and are completing your Award.

Welcome to Nova Scotia, Canada's Ocean Playground!

Not all learning happens in the classroom.

As your Nova Scotia Division, we are here to guide and support you while you are on the road to achieving your Award. If you cannot find what you are looking for, or need a few questions answered, please send us an email at novascotia@dukeofed.orgWe are here to help.

Get Started

To become a Duke participant, register here. If you are having difficulty, or can't find your Award Unit, please contact us.

Did you know?

In Nova Scotia, the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are Grade 10, 11, and 12 high school Personal Development credits respectively.

Share your Duke Story with Us 

Send us your stories and pictures and we may feature you in one of our newsletters. Watch for our newsletter in your in-box. If you haven't signed up for our monthly newsletters, click here

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Charitable Registration Number is 86872 5961 RR0001.

Adventurous Journey Opportunities and Resources

As a reminder, all Adventurous Journeys must be completed in order: Preparation and Training, then a Practice Journey, then the Qualifying Journey. 

 Gold Project Opportunities and Resources

Skills Opportunities

Service Opportunities

Physical Recreation Opportunities

  •  Physical Recreation Opportunities (coming soon!)

 More Resources

All activities for the Award require an assessor and an assessor report. 

If you started your current Award level prior to September 1st, 2013 and are not on the Online Record Book, please contact the Award Office to submit your Award.

Support Us


The Award is a non-profit organization that operates in ten divisions serving all the provinces and territories of Canada. The Nova Scotia Division serves our province and thanks to the generosity of corporate and private donors, foundations and service organizations, the Award is able to engage all regions of the province. 

As a supporter, your donation helps all young people across the province, regardless of social, economic or geographical background, have the opportunity to participate in the program. It ensures that the Leaders and volunteers are well-trained and ready to assist participants as they set their own goals and work towards achieving them in a safe and supportive environment.  

If you are interested in learning more about how you can support the Award in Nova Scotia, please contact us by email or at (902) 425-5454 ext. 329.


How to Donate

  • Click the red 'Donate' button and select 'Nova Scotia'.
  • To make your donation by mail, please fill out this donation form and send it to the Award Office.
  • If you would like to donate over the phone please contact the Award Office at (902) 425-5454 ext. 227. 
  • Please consider including us as part of your United Way commitment. You will need to include our Charitable Registration # 86872 5961 RR0001.


Thank you to our current supporters!






The Halifax Youth Foundation






Our Founding Board of Regents


Keith and Heather Barrett
Anne Campbell and John Lindsay
The Honorable Hiram and Ruth Carver
The Craig Foundation
Dr. Colin Dodds and Carol Dodds
The Honorable Michael Shearer and Elizabeth Delory
The Honorable Donald and Linda Oliver
Don and Robin Todd
Justice Margaret J. Stewart  

The Nova Scotia Provincial Board of Regents was founded to support the Award program in Nova Scotia. Membership on the Board of Regents is by invitation only. Regents are asked to contribute a one-time donation to become life-long members and supporters of the Provincial Division. 


Thank you for giving generously!

All gifts are greatly appreciated. 

How to Contact Us

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Canada - Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1G6

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Email: novascotia@dukeofed.org
Phone: (902) 425-5454 ext. 227

Executive Director 

Connie Miller
Email: cmiller@dukeofed.org
Phone: (902) 425-5454 ext. 329

Award Officer

Heather Uhl
Email: huhl@dukeofed.org
Phone: (902) 425-5454 ext. 320

Program Assistant

Matt Godfrey
Email: mgodfrey@dukeofed.org
Phone (902) 425-5454 ext. 227


Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Award Office is closed on all government holidays and for an annual Holiday shut-down between Christmas and New Year's Day.

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Who We Are


Connie Miller, B.A.

Executive Director

/_uploads/ns/images/Connie-and-Rossi-sisters-2016-ann-repot---Apr-22.jpg Connie has been working in the non-profit sector for 30+ years, primarily in senior management positions, and always in the child and youth development field.  Over her career she has been the lead researcher on National projects resulting in published papers, organized national conferences, has been a keynote presenter, curriculum developer, and has delivered countless workshops and seminars.  She joined the Award in Nova Scotia in July of 2006 as the Executive Director, and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the development, growth and expansion of the program.   Connie is married, the mother of two children and the grandmother of three.  She is also an Administrative Justice of the Peace for the Province of NS.  In her spare time, she likes to read, garden, and spend as much time with her grandchildren as she possibly can.

Heather Uhl, B.Phil

Award Officer

/_uploads/ns/images/Heather-Uhl-Photo-(2).jpgHeather joined the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Nova Scotia in 2016 and achieved her Gold Award in June 2017. She brings a wealth of knowledge through her volunteer work with Scouts Canada and is a dedicated Scouter with her local Scout Troop. In her spare time Heather enjoys gemcutting, sailing and studying geology and gemology.


Matt Godfrey, B.F.A.

Program Assistant

/_uploads/ns/images/image1-(6).jpg Matt started with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Nova Scotia as a summer student in 2010 and continued with us on a part-time basis until 2013. Matt then took a full-time position as Program Assistant, reviewing Awards and helping participants register and navigate the Award program. When he has spare time, Matt enjoys crafting with leather and dabbling with creative writing.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award can only be earned though perseverance, and dedication. Each of our Award Achievers have risen to the challenge of the Award and are recognized below.

Congratulations to all our Award Achievers! 

2018 Award Achievers

2017 Award Achievers 

Congratulations to all 2017 Award Achievers!

2016 Award Achievers

Congratulations to all  2016 Award Achievers!

Award Leader Resources

The Award Leader Handbook is available! Download it from here

If you have an Award Participant who did not pay online when registering, but would like to pay online, please contact the office.

To learn more about upcoming Award Leader training click here.

Report Templates

Gold Project Report Template

Gold Project Assessor Report

Adventurous Journey Resources

Expedition - Adventurous Journey

Exploration - Adventurous Journey

Practice Journey Assessor Report

Qualifying Journey Assessor Report

Route Card

Adventurous Journey Award Standards 

Promotional Materials

Spring Poster Series - English and French

Fall Poster Series - English

Fall Poster Series - French

Announcement Poster - English

Announcement Poster - French



Honourary Patron

Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC. 


Board of Directors 

Bruce Jarvis - President
Ashley Lorette – Vice President
Bill Gullage - Treasurer 
Shaun Hughes – Secretary
David Davidson
Melissa P. MacAdam
Ian Murray
Deepak Prasad
Jacqueline Ruck
Jylene Ryan
April Stroink
Melanie Weaver

Honourary Members

Rick Powell
Sandy Sanford
Donald Todd

Executive Director

Connie Miller - Ex-officio 

Duke Awareness Week


Since 2011, the Premier of Nova Scotia has proclaimed the third week of October to be Duke Awareness Week in Nova Scotia.

Each year, we begin the celebrations with a Flag-Raising Ceremony at Province House where the proclamation is publicly read by a member of the Provincial Legislature. The Lieutenant Governor, our Honourary Patron, brings greetings and officially raises the Duke flag on our behalf.  

We encourage all members of our Duke family to celebrate the Award by participating in specially themed days throughout the week.

Make it Known Monday 
Raise Awareness! Plan and participate in a Flag Raising Ceremony in your community; at school, city hall, anywhere you can raise a flag and raise awareness! 

Talk-it-up Tuesday 
Spread the word! Tell your friends, family, and peers about what you're doing with your Award. If you really want to be fancy, organize an information session at your school or club.

A-WEAR-ness Wednesday

Show off your Duke Pride and wear your pins, hats and shirts!

Thank You Thursday
It's impossible to do anything alone! This is your chance to thank everyone who is helping you on your journey with the Award, such as your Award Leader, and your assessors.

Fitness Friday
Get out, break a sweat, and take part in a physical recreation activity this Friday. While you're at it, log your hours towards your Award Level!

Service Saturday

A great way to give back to your community; get out and volunteer this Saturday. Plan a park clean-up, or help out a friend; be creative! 

/_uploads/ns/images/Whiskey-tasting-room2.jpg?a=r|250-336The 6th Annual Scotch Whisky Tasting 

Join us for our 6th Annual Scotch Whisky Tasting in the Historic Halifax Citadel on October 12th, 2018! We will be led through the tasting by Wallace Fraser and dine on fine local food.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, see our event on Eventbrite





2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival in Halifax

Thank you to our Duke Participants who volunteered to help run our Concessions Stand at the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival on January 17th and 18th!

We look forward to running the stand again next year!



Open Award Centres 

Open Award Centres started as a concept in the Nova Scotia Division as a way to ensure that the Award is available for youth in their home communities or local regions across the province.  They are designed to enhance and support the local club, youth group and/or school based Award Units, as well as fill any gaps that may exist in making the Award accessible to youth.  Open Award Centres are typically incorporated into the youth services offered through organizations with a broad or regional reach such as recreation centres, municipal recreation departments, and public libraries.    

Currently, Nova Scotia is the only Province offering access to the Award through Open Award Centres.


Current Open Award Centres


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For youth in the Kentville area who are not members of an existing Award Unit.
Website: Kentvile Parks & Recreation
Contact: Julia Stephenson

Hants North Recreation and Development Association

For youth in the Hants North area who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Contact: Shelli Singer

Region of Queens Municipality

For youth in the Region of Queens Municipality who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Website: Region of Queens Municipality
Contacts: Troy SmithCrystal Stewart-SmithCassandra Williams

Cole Harbour/Portland Valley Constituency

For youth in the provincial constituency of Cole Harbour/Portland Valley who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Contact: Shannon Finlay


Resource Opportunities Centre - Prospect Open Award Centre 

For youth in the Prospect area who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Website: Prospect Communities
Contact: Shirley Jollimore


4-H Nova Scotia

For youth registered with 4-H in Nova Scotia who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Website:4-H Nova Scotia
Contacts: Robin Benedict, Wilma Schenkels


Scouts Canada – King’s Area

For youth registered with Scouts Canada in the King’s Scouting Area who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Contact: Mike Millard


Scouts Canada – South West Nova Area

For youth registered with Scouts Canada in the South West Nova Scouting Area who are not members of an existing Award Unit. 
Contact: Lorinda Barnett


Please note, if you are a participant currently registered in the 'Independent Participants - Nova Scotia' Award Unit on ORB, and belong to one of the above regions, please contact the Award Office to be transferred to your Open Award Centre. 

Calling All Cadets! 


Did you know that many Cadet activities can count towards The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award?

Like the Cadet program, the Duke of Edinburgh program recognizes development of a skill, participation in physical fitness and community service, and expeditions/field training. In addition to looking great on a resume, Cadets can wear the achievement pin on their uniform and it counts towards scoring for National Courses and CTC Staff Cadet positions.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is the world's leading youth achievement award for youth ages 14-24 and your Cadets and junior staff members can benefit from it! Below are brochures that outline the official partnership between Cadets and our Award program, and which cadet activities count towards the award.

Please contact Captain Diane Sunde if you are interested in more information on how to start the program at your corps or squadron!